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U.S. intelligence leaks on Manchester threaten cooperation with allies

Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said in a statement Thursday that the leaks published by the New York Times have caused "much distress for families that are already suffering terribly with their loss". Trump's disclosure prompted Israel, the reported source of that intelligence, to make a "pinpoint correction" in its intelligence sharing with the U.S. Read More »

Despite Tensions in Their Past, Trump and Pope Francis Finally Meet

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Mr Trump and the Pope were famously at loggerheads previous year, when the former said building a wall - the one proposed between the United States and Mexico - would show Mr Trump was "not a Christian". "We'll go through that and what drove them apart in the first place", said Brzezinski, just before the show went on a commercial break. The pope gave Trump a collection of books he wrote , as well as a medal crafted by an Italian artist featuring an olive branch symbolizing peace. Read More »

Will leave Paris climate deal -Axios

The US president tweeted he would make his final decision on the Paris Agreement after his return to Washington. German Chancellor Angela Merkel described Trump as the odd man out at the G7, according to Axios , and flagged climate policy as a key reason: "The whole discussion on the topic of climate was very hard, not to say very unsatisfactory". Read More »

Kushner proposed Russian back channel

Kushner spoke with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the USA, about creating the secret line to make it easier to hold sensitive discussions about the conflict in Syria, according to a person familiar with the discussions. "We have back channel communications with a number of countries", McMaster said. He added: "It allows you to communicate in a discreet manner". "We're not going to comment on Jared, we're just not going to comment", said Gary Cohn, Trump's chief economic adviser, ... Read More »

Man arrested in Old Trafford on suspicion of terror offences

A spokesman said that the brother, Hashim, was aware of Abedi's plans to attack. A joint statement from Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins and Neil Basu, Scotland Yard s senior national co-ordinator from UK Counter Terrorism Policing, added: "This is still a live investigation which is not slowing down". Read More »

Another infiltration bid foiled on LoC, intruder killed in Poonch

He said that he would have been happy if the protesters were firing weapons at the armed forces instead of throwing stones. Army sources said Gen Rawat will hold talks with top military brass of Myanmar and will explore ways to further broaden security and defence engagements, particularly between the two armies. Read More »

Sean Spicer Missing in Action During Vatican Visit

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The post President Trump and Pope Francis trade gifts, not barbs, in first meeting appeared first on PBS NewsHour . After arriving in Brussels - a city he called a "hellhole" while campaigning in 2016 - Trump met with Michel and said "we will win, 100%" in the fight against terrorism. Read More »

Trump back home, satisfied with G7 defence of FTA

Since taking office, US President Donald Trump , has derided some of the same global partnerships, including the World Trade Organisation, raising the prospect that the Republican's "America First" agenda might well mean an America more willing to act alone. Read More »

British police in race to find Manchester terror network

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British police investigating the Manchester Arena bombing have made a new arrest while continuing to search addresses associated with the bomber who killed 22 people. More arrests are expected. Security images of the Manchester bomber on the night he committed mass murder have been released by police. Britain reduced its terrorism threat level a notch Saturday, from "critical" to "severe", yet security remained high as jittery residents tried to enjoy a long holiday weekend. Read More »

Iranian president criticises US after Donald Trump calls for country's isolation

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Reformist candidates swept municipal elections in Iran's capital, taking all 21 seats in Tehran as moderate President Hassan Rohani won a second term, state media reported Monday. Iran, which held presidential elections Friday, is a sharp contrast, Zarif noted, to the inherited monarchy that rules in Saudi Arabia . In a further dig at Iran's biggest rival in the Middle East , Saudi Arabia , Rouhani reiterated the Iranian assertion that Saudi Arabia had been behind the September 11, ... Read More »

Manchester Arena attack: British police make tenth arrest

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A spokesman for anti-terror police said investigators relied on trust with security partners around the world, adding: "When that trust is breached it undermines these relationships and undermines our investigations". British authorities did not say that the investigation had in fact been compromised by the leaks. Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, said he complained to acting USA ambassador Lewis Lukens that the leaks were undermining the investigation. Read More »

Mother of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick killed

An email sent to Uber employees said that Kalanicks father is being treated at a hospital. Liane Hornsey, the chief human resources officer of Uber, called the incident an " unthinkable tragedy ". Authorities on Saturday identified a 35-year-old Portland man as the suspect in the fatal stabbing of two people on a Portland light-rail train in Oregon. Read More »

Trump tweets 'money is beginning to pour in' to NATO

Some nations, though, have failed to meet that threshold. "It didn't really register". Merkel, Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg and several others responded with open, if disbelieving, laughter. On his arrival on Wednesday in Brussels , the city he once said had been turned into a "hellhole" by Muslim immigration, the president was greeted by around 9,000 protesters saying "Trump not welcome". Read More »

Pres. Trump omits defense pact in NATO speech

JENS STOLTENBERG: It is our solidarity that keeps our nations safe. The surprising mention of immigration was in line with one of Trump's key election promises to build a wall to keep out immigrants crossing into the United States from Mexico, a plan widely derided in Europe. Read More »

Saudis, UAE pledge $100 million to Ivanka Trump-proposed fund

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National oil giant Saudi Aramco expects to sign $50 billion (38.36 billion pounds) of deals with US companies on Saturday, part of a drive to diversify the kingdom's economy beyond oil exports, Aramco's chief executive Amin Nasser said. "It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel , death to America, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room", he added. Read More »

Saudis face 'downfall' for siding with US - Iran

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In this picture taken on Sunday, May 14, 2017, supporters of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the May 19 presidential election attend his campaign rally, in front of the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in the city of Isfahan, Iran. The visit was meant to rebuild ties that strained during the Obama administration. That powerlessness is made clear whenever the jailing of Iranian dual nationals ratchets up tension with the West, like the 2014 detention of Iranian-American reporter Jason Rezaian. Read More »

'Large part' of Manchester attack network held

She called Manchester an "incredibly brave" city and praised the people's response to the bombing, which she said showed the exact opposite intentions of those who caused the devastation. She also tweeted a link to a fund-raising site for the victims organised by the Manchester Evening News , which has so far brought in some 1.7 million pounds (S$3 million). Read More »

Landmark Ruling Puts Taiwan on Verge of Same-Sex Marriage

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Chi Chia-wei, one of the of the petitioners who brought the case to the constitutional court, told AFP before the judgement that he was "100% confident" that the ruling would go in favour of equality. According to reports , the public opinion in Taiwan had always largely supported the legalization of same-sex marriage - especially with a recent string of successful Gay Pride marches, each of which have drawn attendance from tens of thousands of people. Read More »

Trump Claims Money 'Beginning to Pour in' From NATO Allies

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The former diplomat told CNBC : "Every president really has emphasised the importance of European's spending more on their defence, he [Mr Trump] was quite right to do that". "A lot more countries have stepped up and said we're going to meet this target sooner". On this fourth and penultimate stop on Trump's nine-day trip, the first overseas travel of his presidency, Trump did not appear to find the near adulation he experienced from Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia, and from the Israeli ... Read More »

Kurdish-Led SDF Closing In On IS-Held Raqqa, Groups Report

Special Operations forces and almost causing an open breach with the Pentagon. "Considering cooperation with the YPG as a condition to fight Daesh is in fact destroying the reputation of the USA and the [U.S. Speaking to journalists ahead of visits to China and the United States, the Turkish president said that he would discuss the extradition of reclusive religious cleric Fethullah Gulen , the leader of the movement known as the "Fethullah Terrorist Organisation", or FETO, in Turkey. Read More »

Back channel to Russia?

Backchanneling is a practice at times used by government officials, but Kushner was not yet a government employee at the time of his contact with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December. As the president met with leaders and diplomats in the Middle East and Europe, senior aides met in the White House to discuss damage control. The talks between Kushner and the Russians, if confirmed, raise new questions about the Trump team's relationship with Moscow , which USA intelligence ... Read More »

Terror threat level reduced to 'severe' after Manchester arrests

Explaining the decision to reduce the terror threat level from critical - its highest level - to severe, May said troops would also be withdrawn from the streets, another measure adopted after the bombing. The de-escalation came as a street in Manchester's Moss Side was evacuated by counter-terror officers. This undated handout photo provided by Cheshire Police shows Elaine McIver, a policewoman who was killed in the blast at the Manchester Arena on Monday, May 22, 2017. Read More »

Philippines Forces Hit IS-Linked Militants as Civilians Flee, Wave Flags

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday canceled a trip to Japan to address the unrest in Mindanao , an island of 22 million people where martial law has been declared. REBEL CONTROL The militants have control of some government buildings, including a jail, which was seized on Tuesday, leading to the escape of more than 100 prisoners, including some Maute members. Read More »

Mourinho: 'Probably my most hard season as manager'

This resulted in an unbeaten 2-0 win over Manu, As well as the fifth team in history, three European champions (UEFA Europa League , Champions League and Club World Cup) have the distinction of being the champions of all major tournaments. Read More »

NC State picks up UNCW transfer Bryce, Utah's Daniels

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Daniels will also have to sit out next season but will have three years of eligibility remaining after. Bryce told ESPN he will follow his former college coach Kevin Keatts to NC State. The other, 6-foot-5 undergrad transfer CJ Bryce from UNC-Wilmington, chose NC State on Saturday over the Gamecocks, according to multiple reports. As a freshman at Utah, Daniels averaged 9.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.7 assists. Read More »

Ariana Grande to Return to Manchester for Benefit Show

As the huge counter-terror operation continued, the NHS said 54 people injured in the attack were still being treated in eight hospitals with 19 receiving critical care. Eleven suspects are now in custody, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said on Saturday, while announcing that the security threat level has been lowered from "critical" to 'severe'. Read More »

KISS concert in Manchester cancelled after terrorist attacks

Daesh is another name for ISIS, the terror group that claimed responsibility for the attack. Figures indicate as many as 23,000 people have appeared on the radar of counter-terror agencies. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has paid tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing that killed 22 people and left dozens wounded. Read More »

'We won't let hate win': Ariana Grande on Manchester Attack

With the new arrest, the number of people arrested reached 10, of which two have been released without charge, police said. Ariana Grande will be returning to Manchester, England to perform a benefit concert "in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families ", the singer said in a note posted Twitter on Friday. Read More »

Trump faces backlash over Nato speech

How did this badness manifest itself? Trade will also be a big topic, with Cohn saying the United States' guiding principle will be "we will treat you the way you treat us", suggesting that retaliatory tariffs could be imposed. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that joining the U.S. -led anti-Islamic State coalition "will send a strong political message of NATO's commitment to the fight against terrorism and also improve our coordination within the coalition". Read More »